Did you know
that young people today are more likely to abstain from alcohol, illicit drugs
and tobacco than any time since 2001? Contrary to popular belief, young people
are actually choosing to drink less or abstain from alcohol completely, while
alcohol consumption in older age groups is increasing.
According to the 2016 National Drug
Strategy Household survey, in 2016 82 per cent of teenagers aged 12-17 years
abstained from drinking compared to 72 per cent in 2013. If we look even
further back, alcohol consumption has reached its lowest point since the
sixties and data from the Australian
Bureau of Statistics shows that this is thanks to reductions in youth drinking.
Although these statistics show
positive shifts in young people's behaviours and attitudes towards alcohol,
there's no denying that alcohol-related harm remains a problem area among NSW
youth. With young people regularly exposed to a high volume of alcohol
promotion which links
alcohol to sport and social success, they are constantly being fed
contradictory messages about the effects of alcohol.
The household survey revealed that
five per cent of young people aged 12-17 drank more than four standard drinks
on one occasion, placing them at risk of immediate harm. Compared to other age
groups, teenagers are particularly vulnerable to alcohol-related harms and even
small amounts of alcohol can have damaging effects on adolescent brains.
that healthy living is important to younger people, and when educated on the
affects and impacts of alcohol and other drugs they are able to make
better-informed decisions. This suggests that (among other strategies) an
increased focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle – whether this be through
regular exercise or community groups - could be crucial in declining youth
NSW Youth Week celebrates young
people across every state and territory in Australia. Running this year from
April 13th-22nd, it is organised by young people, for young people in communities
across NSW and Australia.
The 2018 Youth Week theme is 'Unity
Through Diversity' and is the single largest celebration for young people
across NSW aged 12-24. Youth will have the opportunity to share ideas, attend
live events and festivals, have their voices heard on issues of concern to
them, showcase their talents, take part in competitions and more importantly –
Events include touch football
competitions, discos, games nights, movie and pizza nights, skateboarding,
dodge ball tournaments and lots more.
Following the success of the NSW
Youth Week program, Youth Week became a National event in 2000. National Youth
Week is jointly supported by the Australian Government, State and Territory
Governments and Local Governments.
Be a part of Youth Week 2018 and sign
up to an event near you today: https://www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au/
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